Liverpool host FC Basel in a must win match as Brendan Rodgers is likely to move Steven Gerrard into a more advanced role in hopes he can inspire the struggling front line. Rickie Lambert will lead the attack once more due to the injury to both Mario Balotelli and Daniel Sturridge. With Gerrard being moved further up, it will mean that both Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva will deploy the defensive midfield role with Luis Enrique likely to be chosen on the left due to his experience over Alberto Moreno. In addition to the two unavailable strikers, Rodgers is still without Jon Flanagan and Suso whilst a returning Mamaduo Sakho is unlikely to be fit for the clash.
FC Basel (4-3-3): Vaclik, Degen, Schar, Suchy, Safari, Diaz, Frei, Zuffi, Gonzalez, Delgado, Gashi
FC Basel can afford a draw if they are to advance into the next round, but Paulo Sousa is unlikely to take a risk as he will surely go for all three points. However, it he will be without Marco Streller, Ivan Ivanov, and Giovanni Sio, with the latter still a doubt to feature at Anfield. Matias Delgado could be deployed from the starting whistle after netting a brace against Luzern at the weekend in place of Breel Embolo who has already started four Champions League matches so far. Behrang Safari, Marek Suchy, Marcelo Diaz, and Fabian Frei were all rested and will be fully fit for the challenge at hand.
The decider …let’s go Reds #LIVERPOOL#BASEL
— Uncle G (@princegwm) December 9, 2014
Unreal scenes if Basel beats Liverpool tonight — Àwais (@fabregasesque) December 9, 2014
One thing that will 100% ruin my day is if Liverpool loses to Basel today and get knocked out of CL. need some magic at Anfield!
— Easy E (@evanechols13) December 9, 2014
This isn’t the first time Liverpool play FC Basel with qualification at stake as they met back in the 2002-2003 with the Reds needed nothing less than all three points to overtake their opponents into second place. However, going 3-0 down at half-time, the Anfield side ignited a huge comeback, but missed out on progression with a 3-3 scoreline. Will history repeat itself or is this Brendan Rodgers’ time?